Weeding is as important as a drop of rain.
That’s what an old Norfolk boy, Pinky, told me when I got my first allotment fifteen years ago.
Today Alex and I weeded the white kale and red cabbage – interplanted with carrots and beetroot.
We also hoed the other beds.
I love using my oscillating copper hoe – it only disturbs the top couple of centimetres of soil and introduces a bit of air to the mix.
We planted out seven lemon crystal cucumber plants.
A jostaberry, which I bought for a couple of quid at East Anglian Potato Day back in February, is now in residence at the bottom of the garden.
It’s a cross between gooseberry and blackcurrant.
I can’t wait to try it.
I pruned my outdoor tomatoes which again has given the plants some more air and space around them.
Good I think.
Congestion and overcrowding are not a good thing as they encourage disease.
I’ve harvested all my broad beans and have cut the plants down at the base – leaving the nitrogen bearing roots in the ground.
The coriander plants have also been pulled up – they’re drying indoors with the seeds on.
I’d like to save them as they’re a brilliant variety that are slow to bolt.
I had to pull up a few young sprouting broccoli that were badly stunted by aphids.
I washed the less affected ones with water gently rubbing off the grey woolly insects.
So today was a very productive day of tidying, tending, staking and tieing in wayward young plants to give them their best chance of success.
The next couple of days I’ll be sowing florence fennel, endive, chicory, lettuce and a late row of parsnips.
I’ll also be planting out some large well developed Swiss chard seedlings, hoping they don’t get decimated by whatever attacked the last lot I put in when they were much smaller.